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Mathew Guest
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12 Sep 2013
What impact does the experience of university have on Christian students? Are universities a force for secularisation? Is student faith enduring, or a passing phase? Universities are often associated with a sceptical attitude towards religion. Many assume that academic study leads students away from any existing religious convictions, heightening the appeal of a rationalist secularism increasingly dominant in wider society. And yet Christianity remains highly visible on university campuses and continues to be a prominent identity marker in the lives of many students.

Analysing over 4,000 responses to a national survey of students and nearly 100 interviews with students and those working with them, this book examines Christianity in universities across England. It explores the beliefs, values and practices of Christian students. It reveals how the university experience influences their Christian identities, and the influence Christian students have upon university life.

Christianity and the University Experience makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the survival and evolution of religion in the contemporary world. It offers fresh insights relevant to those working with Christian students, including churches, chaplaincies and student organisations, as well as policy-makers and university managers interested in the significance of religion for education, social responsibility and social cohesion.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780937849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780937847
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Drawing on original research, this book recalls us to a society - and its universities - which is not only full of religious beliefs, rituals, practices and identities, despite the assumptions of secularism, but full of lived Christianity in particular, which often goes unheard. It is a timely rejoinder to the idea of religion as 'minority' and 'problem' and, through its examination of the students who will be tomorrow's leaders, professionals and thinkers, sets religious identity firmly in the context of society at large. -- Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK Is the notion of a 'Christian student' an oxymoron? Anyone tempted to answer 'yes' should read this impeccably researched book, which informs and intrigues in equal measure. It is clear that Christian students not only exist but come in many shapes and sizes - as indeed do universities. -- Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK A remarkable study of university students' negotiation of Christian identity, religious organizations, and university life. Highly recommended. -- Tim Clydesdale, Professor of Sociology, The College of New Jersey, USA This study of the religious experience of Christian students at universities in England is both surprising and most welcome. Surprising, because after almost 60 years of propaganda about the decline of religious faith, one does not expect to find a wide-ranging investigation as specific as this one...most welcome because empirical information carefully gleaned can only promote understanding in the ideological battleground between the die-hard secularists who seem to dominate the academy and the believers (by virtue of their faith deemed ipso facto biased) who appear reactionary and overly defensive... While the authors seek simply to present a snapshot, they do promise to build up to a longitudinal study, which can only add value to our thinking about this important cultural issue. I look forward to the next piece in this jigsaw. -- Gerald J. Pillay, Liverpool Hope University Times Higher Education Supplement 20130912 A book of breadth and therefore essential reading for all who wish to grapple with religious student life; it is also a book of depth and asks awkward questions; it is also a book of thoroughness in both the research and its evaluation. Not to be missed for those engaged in "understanding student faith" - the book's sub-title. FutureFirst 20131201 The book offers a timely and provocative contribution to the wider debate today about religion/faith and young people and about religion in the modern world. This means the book will interest people beyond the university and academic field ... A lot of evidence here to think about and challenge us for the future. -- Dr Stuart Hannabuss Network This handsome book is one of the early fruits of the UK's "Religion and Society" programme of research. Its analysis of more than 4,000 responses to a national survey and close to 100 interviews with a variety of informants in a sample of English universities is a model of methodological rigour. More importantly, its findings call in question many popular assumptions both about students and about their highly varied practice of the Christian faith. No doubt, English universities are breeding grounds for indifference to religion but they can also foster some hidden as well as open expressions of Christianity. Now I'm eager for someone to conduct a companion study of students' involvement in religions other than Christianity. -- James Beckford Religion and Diversity Project [Christianity and the University Experience] is the first project of this scale to thoroughly investigate the ways in which Christianity is experienced and lived by university students, and its conclusions are enlightening and provocative in equal measure. Big assumptions which many of us make instinctively about this subject are rigorously tested against empirical data. Many of them will need to be seriously rethought in the wake of this book. I would strongly recommend the book for anyone with an interest in the modern university or modern Christianity, or indeed anyone who wishes to be involved with the conversation on these topics. -- Jem Bloomfield Quiteirregular

About the Author

Mathew Guest is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, UK.

Kristin Aune is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Derby, UK.

Sonya Sharma is Research Fellow at the University of Durham, UK.

Rob Warner is Professor of Religion, Culture and Society, and Dean of Humanities at the University of Chester, UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and Compelling 26 Nov 2013
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This book provides the first empirical study of its kind into the ways in which Christianity is lived in modern English universities. Big assumptions which many of us make instinctively about this subject - around universities as secular spaces, the relationship between student Christianity and social attitudes or between doctrine and practice - are rigorously tested against empirical data. Many of them will need to be seriously rethought in the wake of this book. I would strongly recommend the book for anyone with an interest in the modern university or modern Christianity , or indeed anyone who wishes to be involved with the conversation on these topics which the authors ask their readers to engage in.

It engages rigorously with both the previous scholarship on the subject, and the evidence revealed by a quantitative survey and a series of qualitative interviews. The results are compelling, such as the presence of a mass of "hidden Christians" in university life who affirm a Christian faith without being part of the visible Christian organization, and the serious disparity between the official public statements of the Christian Unions and the actual lives and activities of its members. The authors uncover a pattern of student Christianity which is far less confined by denomination than in the past, and much more likely to draw fluidly on a range of religious sources.

The study fills a serious gap in our understanding of how Christianity is lived as part of modern student life, and prompts reflection on a number of topics. It redraws the map of its subject, and points to new lines of research which other scholars will no doubt be keen to follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating, engaging and challenging 3 Nov 2013
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Christianity and the University Experience provides a timely and much needed examination of the state of Christianity amongst the university student community in Britain today. It is based on a detailed three year study of attitudes and behaviours of Christian students and the role played by a number of the individuals and groups that minister to them. The work draws on a rich dataset of some 4000 questionnaire responses and 100 interviews, collected from a diverse range of universities, and is, to my knowledge, the first comprehensive study of its kind.

The result is a fascinating read. For the researchers uncover the highly complex pattern of believing and belonging amongst those who self identify as Christian today. They demonstrate the surprising resilience of faith when it is exposed to the supposedly threatening agents of the secular academic framework and the distractions of the prevailing student culture. Numerically, Christianity remains the most important faith tradition within the student population. However, at the same time, the research highlights the limited involvement of many students in organised Christian activities.

The study thus exposes a number of ambiguities and tensions within the world of faith on campus. Christianity within the university context evidently defies simple stereotypes. There are, for example, great variations in the doctrinal positions, balance of belief and practice, attitudes towards the liberal agenda of society at large, and approaches to evangelism, amongst Christian students. Striking differences also frequently exist between the faith expression of students in term time on campus and during the vacations when they are back at home.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected result 30 Dec 2013
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This is a book of 8 chapters, "the major public outcome of the `Christianity and University Experience in Contemporary England' project". It gives the results of a major study among students across 5 different types of university, with some 4,300 responses to their questionnaire, of which just over half identified themselves as Christian. Is the university experience a secularising one? For Christian students the answer is NO, but university does provide many social and cultural challenges, and two chapters are devoted to exploring these. There is also an excellent chapter on organised Christianity, and a final chapter looking at the outcomes. It is a book of breadth and therefore essential reading for all who wish to grapple with religious student life; it is also a book of depth and asks awkward questions; it is also a book of thoroughness in both the research and its evaluation. Not to be missed for those engaged in "understanding student faith" - the book's sub-title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and thought-provoking 28 Nov 2013
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This book offers an excellent analysis of an under-researched area, the experiences of contemporary Christian students in English universities. Based on the findings of a large-scale national survey of students across 13 universities, and detailed case studies in five of these, the authors demonstrate the disparate nature of Christian students' connections with churches. They develop a useful typology to describe these experiences, ranging from 'active affirmers' to 'unchurched Christians' and explore the similarities and differences between these groups. This offers a useful method to guide the reader through the wealth of data presented. The authors also show the significance of institution - the five case studies were carefully selected to represent different types of university, although, as shown, the institutional approaches to religious belief can change and evolve over time.

The book is grounded in the wider literature on religion or belief and contains an extensive bibliography. It is written in a clear and accessible style and as such will be of value to a whole range of individuals and groups, including churches, chaplaincies, policy-makers in higher educational institutions and elsewhere, and of course students. It is to be hoped that the authors continue to mine their rich dataset to explore some of the more narrowly focused issues that they outline in their final chapter.
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